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December 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media.  This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

  • California could lose 1,500 inmate firefighters (Sacramento Bee)
  • Rural schools hit hard by transportation grant cuts (Sacramento Bee)
  • El Cajon SWAT standoff ends with arrest (10 News)
  • 11% of city speeding tickets written in one spot (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Sweetwater committee seeks contractor support (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • If they make me go back, I will be lost  (espn.go.com) 
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California could lose 1,500 inmate firefighters (Sacramento Bee)
December 24, 2011 --  An unforeseen result of the state's prison realignment that moves prisoners from state to county facilities is that it may reduce the number of inmate firefighters in California. The Los Angeles Times reports ( http://lat.ms/rzNn1s) more than 1,500 inmate firefighters will be lost in the process. The state has relied on well-behaved, nonviolent offenders to help clear brush and cut fire lines since World War II.

Rural schools hit hard by transportation grant cuts (Sacramento Bee)

December 28, 2011 -- Four of the six schools in the Eastern Sierra Unified School District are scattered along Highway 395, a two-lane road that meanders through scenic Mono County in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. Students often travel as far as 35 miles – each way – to school and back. The drive can be treacherous, especially in winter when rain and snow make the roadways slippery. Traffic near schools and a dearth of street- lights make travel hazardous for drivers pulling into school parking lots and students traveling on foot, said Stacey Adler, superintendent of Mono County schools.
El Cajon SWAT standoff ends with arrest (10 News)
December 27, 2011 --  A 22-year-old man was in custody Tuesday on suspicion of firing the first shot in a shootout with a fellow resident at an El Cajon apartment complex. The shooting led to a standoff that lasted for more than four hours, according to authorities.
Dennis Wallace Haggerty was arrested in connection with the shooting Monday night at Key Largo Apartments, 380 N. Mollison Ave., said El Cajon Police Lt. Tim Henton. He said Haggerty left his apartment at 8:10 p.m. Monday, went to another unit in the complex and fired a gun into it, Henton said. A man in the second unit fired back to scare Haggerty away, and Haggerty fired several more shots as he ran back to his apartment, Henton said.
11% of city speeding tickets written in one spot (San Diego Union-Tribune)
December 18, 2011 -- Nearly 1,700 tickets — or 11 percent of all city speeding citations — were written in one well-patrolled zone: College Avenue between El Cajon Boulevard and Montezuma Road near San Diego State University.
That’s more than twice as many tickets as those written in the No. 2 most-ticketed zone, Garnet Avenue between Ingraham Street and Balboa Avenue, according to a review by The Watchdog of nearly 15,000 citations issued on city streets during a one-year period ending in September.

Sweetwater committee seeks contractor support (San Diego Union- Tribune)
December 24, 2011 -- One parent member has resigned and another has expressed concerns about a Sweetwater schools committee that is tasked with securing donations for the district from current and potential vendors and contractors.
The Funds for Education committee started meeting in September with vendors and contractors, hoping for support with the district facing a $20 million shortfall in the coming school year.
If they make me go back, I will be lost  (espn.go.com)
December 27, 2011 -- Pacific Coast Conference cross-country champ Ayded Reyes is fighting to stay in the U.S., but a March court hearing will ultimately decide her fate.
From the outside, Ayded Reyes seems like she's living the American dream.
The 20-year-old, who attends Southwestern College in Chula Vista near San Diego, is California's top-ranked women's junior college cross country athlete. She carries a 3.50 GPA and her goal is to become an obstetrician. She is also a community volunteer who has worked extensively with children and the elderly. She is a young woman many describe as sweet, effusive and energetic, the "All-American" type.